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Finnish satellite imagery venture ICEYE secures $87 million funding

Berlin, 22 September 2020. – The Finnish satellite imagery specialist ICEYE secured a $87 million funding mainly from Californian True Ventures and the Warsaw-based OTB Ventures, the company announced today. The funding round was joined by Finnish Industry Investment, Draper Esprit, DNX Ventures, Draper Associates, Seraphim Capital, Promus Ventures and …

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London to revisit plans for a British satellite navigation system, UK press reports

Berlin, 22 September 2020. – The UK Space Agency is set to announce the withdrawal from British plans to develop an own, sovereign satellite navigation program and mulls rejoining the European Union’s Galileo system, UK press reported. “The Government has formally scrapped Theresa May’s plan for a British version of …

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Blue Origin targets its seventh New Shepard lift-off for 24 September

Berlin, 22 September 2020. – Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin is on track for its next New Shepard rocket lift-off on 24 September, the company announced today. The mission will fly a dozen of payloads, including an autonomous plant growth system, a new technology to sample regolith and anchoring to asteroids …

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Australian Southern Launch puts two DART rockets with sensor payload into polar suborbit

Berlin, 21 September 2020. – The Australian small satellite launcher Southern Launch has completed two polar suborbital launches in a row on a DART rocket, the company said on 19 September. “At 10:09:47 am on 19 September 2020, Southern Launch ignited Australia’s first commercial space-capable rocket at the Koonibba Test …

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ESA selects Airbus for Copernicus polar ice observation in € 300 million contract award

Berlin, 21 September 2020. – The European Space Agency (ESA) has selected Airbus to develop and build the Copernicus polar ice and snow topography mission (CRISTAL), Airbus announced today in Friedrichshafen, Germany. The contract is worth € 300 million. “With two satellites the CRISTAL mission will ensure the long-term continuation of …

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Intelsat completes C-band program in the U.S. with order of seventh C-band satellite from Maxar

Berlin, 21 September 2020. – Satellite and network operator Intelsat has completed its C-band satellite program and ordered its seventh C-band satellite from U.S.-based manufacturer Maxar Technologies, the company announced in McLean, Virginia, on 17 September. In June, Intelsat had announced manufacturing contracts with Maxar Technologies and Northrop Grumman for …

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Russian Avant Space plans to reach one billion people with advertising in space

Berlin, 21 September 2020. – The Russian company Avant Space plans to project so-called space banners, commercial advertising from micro satellites in space. Avant Space proposes to use a group of microsatellites equipped with a laser system to project images in the night sky and thus cover more than 130 cities …

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#SpaceWatchGL Perspective: Next Gen ESA by Paul Liias

by Paul Liias, policy expert at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communication Estonia On 26 August 2020, SpaceWatch.Global Editor in Chief Markus Payer started a dialogue about the next generation ESA here. We reached out to representatives in all ESA member states and beyond to get their feedback on …

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U.S. Space Force awards multi-million space cybersecurity contract to Northrop Grumman

Redondo Beach, California, 17 September 2020. – Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Space Force to develop a next generation of super cyber-secured military satellites, the company said on 17 September. U.S. Space Force mandated Northrop Grumman to deliver the prototype for the Evolved Strategic SATCOM …

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UK Space Agency report sees soaring demand for space surveillance and tracking

Berlin, 20 September 2020. – A research report for the UK Space Agency sees the demand for Space Surveillance and Tracking (SST) services soar over the next decade, the “Future SST Markets Research” report published on 15 September said in its conclusion. “Over the coming decade, the number of operational …

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